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'High Plains Drifter' rides again — plus other Universal classics

"The Birds," "Frankenstein," "High Plains Drifter" and other Universal Pictures classics are on view this week at Seattle's Northwest Film Forum. Seattle Turkish Film Festival also gets under way.

Seattle Times movie critic

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Northwest Film Forum on Friday kicks off a 13-day series of films from the archives of Universal Pictures, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. All films screen in 35mm. This week's offerings: Alfred Hitchcock's "The Birds" (in a new print, and introduced by frequent Seattle Times contributor Tom Keogh) on Friday; the 1931 James Whale horror classic "Frankenstein" (introduced by TV host Warren Etheredge) on Saturday; Tod Browning's 1931 "Dracula" (introduced by film critic Robert Horton) on Sunday; Clint Eastwood's 1973 Western "High Plains Drifter" on Monday; the 1930 Lewis Milestone war drama "All Quiet on the Western Front" on Tuesday; Anthony Mann's 1950 Western starring James Stewart, "Winchester 73" (introduced by film critic Richard T. Jameson), on Wednesday; and Erich von Stroheim's 1919 silent drama "Blind Husbands" (screening with a live score by Spencer Thun) on Thursday. NWFF, 1515 12th Ave., Seattle, 206-267-5380 or

The Seattle Turkish Film Festival kicks off Friday at Pacific Place with the opening-night film "My Grandfather's People," with director Çagan Irmak scheduled to attend the film and a post-screening reception. The festival then moves to the SIFF Film Center for five more movies Saturday and Sunday, including the 2011 Cannes Film Festival prizewinner "Once Upon a Time in Anatolia," screening at 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets for individual films are $10 (opening-night reception plus film: $35); a full- festival pass is $35. For more information, see or

SIFF Cinema at the Uptown, along with screenings of the 3D animated film "A Liar's Autobiography — The Untrue Story of Monty Python's Graham Chapman" (see review), has a couple of other Python offerings: "Monty Python and the Holy Grail," screening Friday through Monday complete with free coconuts, and "Monty Python's Life of Brian," screening Saturday, Sunday and — should you want to look on the bright side of life on Election Day — Tuesday, at 511 Queen Anne Ave. N., Seattle. Also from SIFF this weekend: two Films4Families $4 matinees of "The Wizard of Oz" at the Film Center (on the Seattle Center campus), at 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For more information on any SIFF event: see or call 206-324-9996.

And finally, this weekend's midnight movie at the Egyptian is the director's cut of "Alien," the 1979 sci-fi thriller from Ridley Scott, starring Sigourney Weaver as an officer of a spacecraft with an unexpected stowaway. Friday and Saturday only, 805 E. Pine St., Seattle; 206-781-5755 or

Moira Macdonald: 206-464-2725 or

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